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Couple Who've Fostered More Than 38 Children Accused Of Abusing 8 Kids, Putting A Soiled Diaper In Child's Mouth
Diane Combs allegedly told a 6-year-old boy in her care "I am going to choke the s--t out of you bastard," according to the prosecutor.
When a 6-year-old boy peed his pants, his foster mother would allegedly make him put the soiled diaper in his mouth.
That's one of the disturbing allegations being brought against Indiana foster parents Diane Combs, 55, and Timothy Combs, 59, who are accused of abusing eight children in their care. The children included four foster children, three children they were babysitting and a disabled boy they had adopted, according to WLTW 5.
The abuse was discovered after one of the children in their care took a video of the alleged abuse and showed it to an adult, who called the sheriff's department, FOX19 reported. When law enforcement officials arrived at the home they discovered videos and photographs of the reported abuse.
According to Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens, one of the photographs shows a 6-year-old boy standing naked next to Diane Combs with a soiled diaper shoved in his mouth.
Deddens told FOX19 during the incident Combs then proceeded to slap the boy so hard she knocked him over before asking him to get up and stand in front of her. Another slap can be heard and then Combs tells the child "don't touch my motherf---ing leg, I am going to choke the s--t out of you bastard," according to Deddens.
The Combs face a total of 22 different counts. The charges facing Timothy Combs include aggravated battery that causes serious permanent disfigurement, domestic battery against a disabled person with bodily injury, battery resulting in bodily harm of a person under 14 years old, and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child younger than 16 years old.
Diane Combs' charges include aggravated battery and knowingly inflicting injury that creates a substantial risk of death, domestic battery against a disabled person causing bodily injury, sexual battery, domestic battery by bodily waste, domestic battery against a disabled person causing bodily injury, battery on a child, battery by bodily waste when the victim is 14-years-old, strangulation, and domestic battery with bodily injury to a person under 14 years old.
The pair could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted, according to WLWT 5. They are being held on $250,000 bond and an additional $75,000 cash bond.
Since the Combs began fostering in 2014, they've fostered more than 38 children, according to Deddens. It's possible more victims could later be identified by police.
"Thankfully this was videoed. Often times these cases are very difficult because it's these minor children's word against adults, so the video in this case is instrumental," Deddens told Fox19.
[Photo: Dearborn County Sheriff's Office]